Japanese Do South Park!
If you wonder why "Inferno XV", do a bit of research. If you can tell me why, I'll buy you a drink.
Sorry for not blogging as often as I ought, but I've been truly snowed under with music and errands!
Just heard from Alexander Armstrong on BBC 1, commenting about the current Pope, about a German speedily occupying territory recently occupied by a Pole.
Soundtrack: Tu es Petrus by Palestrina, sung by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral.
Ratzinger as Benedict XVI! Heretics, watch out!
From the Curt Jester:
Here is another new site in preparation for the conclave. Pope-U-Lator
Roman Catholics believe that when the 115 guys in red socks go into the secretive Conclave, they will be guided by God Himself in their election of the new Pope. Since there are 1.1 billion Catholics on the planet, there are two questions that will fascinate the world in the next few days. Who will be elected as the new Pope? and What name will the new Pope select for himself?
Fill out the short questionnaire on the Pope-U-Lator and five Papabiles are shown based on your criteria. I got Cardinal Arinze ad #1 in response to mine.
There is also the Name-U-Lator to let you choose a papal name. If you choose progressive agenda you get:
Look. Why don't you people give up?
If you want priestesses, gay marriage, contraception, abortion, euthanasia, a 4th person in the Divine Trinity or whatever floats your boat, just join a Protestant Church.
If you want to stick with plain old Christianity, you are going to have to face the fact that the Pope is the guardian of the Deposit of Faith. He can't just make up a new dogma when he feels like it. He can't ordain ladies, nor can he reverse the constant Church teaching against contraception and abortion. It's just not going to happen.
'For the Election of a Pontiff' is the title of today's post.
I Am A: Lawful Good Elf Bard Paladin
Japan hasn't learned its lesson. It's still producing sanatized textbooks, whitewashing the evil of its past, and when another country protests, Japan acts as if it has been wronged and demands an apology.
An American friend of mine went to a party last night. There, sushi and tortilla chips were both being served. He took a chip and, seeing a bowl of freindly green stuff, took a great big scoop. It was NOT guacamole. He tells me that the pain was intense.
Sorry guys, will be catching up with blogging soon... I know I've been bad...
As some of you may know, I've been busy singing services at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, where I've joined the choir. I'll tell you... sightsinging music I've never seen before, and in a slavonic text I've never seen before... is a real challenge.
Troparia in the 4th toneNormally this is followed by:
Choir: With the spirits of the righteous give rest, O Saviour, to the soul of Thy departed servant, John Paul, and keep him in the blessed life with Thee, O Lover of man. In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all Thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant for Thou alone art the Lover of men.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
Thou art the God Who descended to hell and loosed the chains of the captives. Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Thy servant.
Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen:
O only pure and immaculate Virgin, who without seed didst bear God, pray to Him that their souls may be saved.
Litany of Fervent Supplication
Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to thy great mercy, we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.
Choir: Lord, have mercy (Thrice)
Deacon: Again let us pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God, John Paul, and that he may be pardoned all his sins, voluntary and involuntary.
Choir: Lord, have mercy (Thrice)
Deacon: That the Lord God will assign his soul to where the Just repose.
Choir: Lord, have mercy (Thrice)
Deacon: The mercies of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the forgiveness of his sins, let us ask of Christ, our immortal King and our God.
Choir: Grant this, o Lord.
Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.
Choir: Lord, have mercy.
Priest: O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death, defeated the devil, and given life to Thy world. Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of John Paul Thy servant, in a place of light, in place of green pasture, in a place of revival, whence all pain, sorrow and sighing have fled away. Forgive every sin committed by him, in thought, word and deed, in Thy goodness and love for men, O God. For there is no one who lives without sinning: Thou alone art without sin, and Thy justice is eternal justice, and Thy Word is Truth.
For Thou art the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Thy departed servant, O Christ our God, and to Thee we send up glory, with Thy Eternal Father, and Thy all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.
Deacon: Give rest eternal, O Lord, in blessed repose, to the soul(s) of Thy departed servant(s), and make their memory eternal.but as it was Eastertide in Rome, the Easter version of this was done - this Easter hymn sung thrice at the beginning and the end:
Choir: MEMORY ETERNAL. (Thrice)
Christ is risen from the dead,The full text of an Orthodox/Byzantine Rite Panikhida may be found here.
Trampling down death by death,
And upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
In Greek, Χριστος ανεστη εκ νεκρων, Θανατωι Θανατον πατησας, και τοις εν τοις μνημασι ζωην χαρισαμενος. Which in transliteration is Khristos anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, ke tis en tis mnimasi zoin kharisamenos.
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So the Papal funeral is over. I've not been so teary and wet-eyed for the longest time. If anyone wants me to post my thoughts on the funeral, let me know and I shall - mostly eastern things though.
Chalk, gold, and myrrh were blessed in church and the letters KMB separated by crosses were written with blessed chalk on all doors of the home. In some parishes the priest or the organist came to write the letters. The custom of blessing the symbolical gifts of the Magi persists to this day, and boxes containing a piece of white chalk, some golden juniper berries and a thimbleful of myrrh may be obtained from the altar boys in some parishes, from a local druggist or by mail from Buffalo where a prominent Polish druggist puts up greater quantities of them each year. But the writing of the letters K+M+B is rapidly passing away. One still sees them occasionally but then only on one door, not on all doors as in former times. In most homes, however, the inscription is lacking entirely. An aunt of the author in Buffalo, a very devout woman, who was brought to this country as a child of two, confessed that she writes it but in such a place that it may not be seen by scoffers-on the narrow, top edge of the door, facing the ceiling, where, indeed, only the eye of God can see it.How very quaint and charming! There... that's your Catholic-geek info for today!
Vernon found 4 Teresa Teng cds ripped on his computer, and has no idea how they got there. After listening to them, he said 'thank goodness Chinese pop doesn't have a retro movement!'
The National University of Singapore spends its research money on THIS KIND OF CRAP???
O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Orthodox Emperors victories over the barbarians, and protecting Thy commonwealth by Thy Cross
Off the BBC site: